How to Update Thesis Skins

Occasionally, we update our Skins to add functionality and improve performance. You can follow the steps outlined here to update your Skins and ensure that your site is always on the cutting edge.

Every 24 hours, your WordPress site automatically fishes for updates to Thesis, Skins, and Boxes.

To see if you have a Skin update available, visit the Manage Skins page in your Thesis Admin (ThesisSkinManage Skins).

Updating Your Current Skin

If an update is available for your current Skin, you’ll see a highlighted update notification number at the top of the page. Look for the green update button underneath the name of your current Skin, and then click it to get the update.

update current Thesis Skin

When you update a Skin, your custom.php and css.css files will remain unchanged, and this ensures your custom data will always remain intact.

Sometimes, Skin updates will include updated CSS. In order to get this new CSS and retain any design customizations you’ve made, follow this simple process for updating your Skin CSS.

Updating Installed Skins

If updates are available for any other Skins you’ve installed, you’ll see a highlighted update notification number next to the Installed Skins heading.

Each Skin with an update available will also have a green update button beneath the Skin name; click this button to update your Skin.

update installed Thesis Skins

If your Skin updates include updated CSS—and if you want to incorporate that new CSS right now—you’ll need to click the Preview Skin in Development Mode button and then follow the steps for updating your Skin CSS.

Once you finish updating your CSS, you should click the Stop Previewing Skin button to return to your Current Skin.

Enhanced Updates with the Developer Tools Box

If you own a Thesis Professional license, then you have access to the Developer Tools Box, which you can use to enhance your Thesis updates.

First, you can turn on developer updates, which will give you early access to beta releases of Thesis, Skins, and Boxes.

Please note that due to the unstable nature of beta releases, we do not recommend using developer updates on live production sites.

Second, no matter which update channel you’re on (regular or developer), you can force Thesis to check for updates by clicking the blue Check for Updates button. This way, you won’t have to wait for WordPress to fish for Thesis updates; you can simply force it to look whenever you like.